Looking for Flexible Working – Join Little Pickles Markets

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales, recognised by Theo Paphitis (Ex-Dragon’s Den) and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a good web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • You will join a strong and friendly team of parents already working flexibly around their families and other commitments
  • We will help you to make your markets a success with a designated team to guide you through a 12 week plan to get your first 2 markets off to a great start. This will build you firm foundations to continue to build your markets in your local area
  • Little Pickles Markets have the backing from some well known national brands in the baby industry
  • With a low entry cost of only £99 you have little risk and will start to earn money within a few months
  • Your events will all be listed on our website.
  • Your kit will include everything you need to promote your markets
  • Earnings are unlimited, so the more you put in the higher the rewards for you.

So if you would like a new challenge, looking for flexible working and would like to chat more please let us know when is best to contact you.

Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day
Some of our Little Pickles Markets Team, on a recent training day

What do our established organisers say?

Tanya – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Hi, I am Tanya one of the Hampshire Organisers and mum to a 10 year old son and 3 year old daughter. I joined LPM in April 2013. I was apprehensive at the start about how I would cope out of my comfort zone of an office environment, which is all I had known since leaving school 20 years ago. I started with a couple of venues to run. I have gained so much self belief, confidence and have a flexible working week around my children and even take them with me sometimes. I have been able to do so much more with them financially it’s a great feeling. In 2016 I will be running 8 venues across Hampshire and can not wait to get started. All of this and still with the added bonus of working when I choose. So why not come along and join the Team I did it and can honestly say I have never looked back.’

Gemma – Dorset Little Pickles Markets Organiser

‘Working with Little Pickles Markets helps me to bring the work life balance I need to fit in with life as a busy mum and wife. It means that I can be at the school gates and performances most days, and has also given me the opportunity to earn extra money for my family, meet new people’

Eibhlis – Hampshire Little Pickles Markets Organiser
‘Little Pickles Markets has been amazing, giving me the opportunity to earn money and grow a small business that fits in with family life! I can work in the evenings, when my children nap in the day and at weekends when my husband is home to help with the children. It has helped me keep my independence and has given me drive.’

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changing bag

What’s in your Changing Bag?

What’s in your changing bag?

When I first became a mum I knew that the size of my handbag would have to change.  Gone were the days of the small bag with just enough space to put your purse, keys, lippy and mobile phone in.

My very first nappy changing bag, (I only had 2!), was grey and boring but very practical and had so many pockets inside and out! I could practically fit my whole house in it!

The contents of the bag went a little like this…

Changing mat – a handy little foldaway mat that can be used anywhere, including the boot of your car!

Nappies – I always carried way too many, and being a reusable nappy kinda mum, the size of the bag was a big deal! I did have the odd spare disposable nappy too, you just never know when you’re gonna get caught out.

Wet wipes – with my first little pickle, they were the washable type, but my second child they were disposable ones. They just have so many uses; mucky hands, sticky fingers, bumps and bruises and a quick fix to clear up the odd bit of sick!

Hand Sanitiser always came in handy for freshening up after a nappy change, but I have been known to squirt some on the table in a coffee shop ready for snack time too!

Nappy bags were handy not only for the dirty nappies but for keeping the mucky clothes contained.

Spare Clothes – from vests to babygros, cute girly outfits to boy’s comfy trousers. Depending on the age and stage of my kiddies, there would even have been a spare pair of shoes for those potty training accidents!

Breast pads – I exclusively breastfed so the last thing I wanted was a leakage, especially when my daughter was newborn, the feeding was all over the place and milk was on tap.  Breast pads have other uses though, I once used it as a plaster when I was on a long walk and had the worst blister on my heel you can ever imagine!

Muslin squares – handy for feeding, using as a bib, over the shoulder burps and even as a sunshade.

Suncream and sun hats in the summer, and gloves and a beanie for the winter.

Calpol sachets and teething gel / powder – handy to slip safely in the bag.  If it wasn’t my bubba that needed them, they were always handy to help out a friend.

changing bag

As my family grew from child to children,

additional bits were added to my bag, which was upgraded to a more sophisticated style.

Snacks and sippy cups for my toddler.

Crayons and a pad, books and small toys – for those times when you just want to finish the coffee you treated yourself to, while it’s still warm!

Tissues for runny noses or teething dribbles.

Money – lots of change was always a must. Popping to the shops for supplies and getting the buggy out of the car, all set up for baby and toddler, was always a mission.  To then find you don’t have any change for the car park must be any mum’s nightmare. I was caught out on numerous occasions stood at the parking meter when I remembered that I hadn’t replenished my coin purse!

As well as the essentials there would be a small space, somewhere in the bag, for my bits

Purse – a must when having a coffee and cake catch up with another mummy friend.

Mobile phone – full of hundreds of baby snap shots.

Lip gloss

Powder brush to help cover up those dark circles

Sunglasses –  nothing worse than going for a walk with the sun in your eyes.

Chewing gum / mints – did I ever rush out the door without brushing my teeth?! I don’t think so!

So this is mine, what’s in your changing bag?

Written by Gemma our Poole and Ferndown Organiser

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I didn't know you were there

I didn’t know you were there!

I didn’t know you were there!

I was tired all the time and had been working for two weeks straight on my feet in the run up to Christmas. I thought after Christmas and New Year I would start to feel less tired!

How wrong was I! It was now the middle of January and I had all sorts of thoughts running through my head. I wondered if maybe I was diabetic as I have struggled with my weight since a teenager. I was now 27 and worried that maybe I had abused my body with eating junk, drinking too much on a Friday and Saturday night and was now paying the price.

I plucked up some courage and made a doctors appointment for 31st January, the day which would change my life forever!

The Doctor asked me lots of questions and gave me an examination. I popped up on to the bed and he pushed quite hard on my stomach and left the room.  I was so worried I didn’t know what to think.

He returned after a few minutes with a Fetal Doppler he put it on my stomach and within seconds there was a heartbeat! I couldn’t believe it. I was pregnant.

He said I was quite far gone so he would send me for an emergency scan. I went the next day and they told me as they had no point of reference for size as I hadn’t had a previous scan that I was probably close to full term! I couldn’t believe it. What was I going to do? My partner already had children! How could I be that far pregnant without knowing I hear you ask! Well I had periods every month, he was small and laying flat on my spine. I had no bump. I had probably put on 10lbs in last year but I did this all the time up and down with my weight. I suffer with back pain already. How could this be happening?!

I was worried about telling my partner and it was his Birthday. I decided I would tell him over dinner and take it from there. Only we were not alone for dinner in the end so I couldn’t do it! I was in shock didn’t know what to do, where to even start. I decided I would spend a couple of days getting my head around it and went and got a couple of baby grows and a little outfit and hid them under the bed in a bag with my scan photo. The days went by and it got harder and harder. Until one night the baby decided enough was enough and I started having contractions.

Newborn Ryan
Newborn Ryan

So from 11 days of pregnancy, Ryan was born on 11th February, a gorgeous little boy. Who still 11 years on I am never sure if he is here, as he is still quiet and laid back but most of all he is my precious son.

Written by Tanya – Little Pickles Markets Hampshire Organiser

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